Mountain Mahogany, California Mountain Mahogany, Western Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus betuloides

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Botanical Name:

Cercocarpus betuloides







Common Name:

Mountain Mahogany, California Mountain Mahogany, Western Mountain Mahogany

8-12 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

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  • Cercocarpus betuloides

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: Sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* This shrub has a typical size of three to five meters - 9-15 feet in height.
* The etymology of the species name derives from the Greek “kerkos”, from which the genus name root cerco derives, meaning "tail", referring to the tail-like appearance of the fruit; and carpus meaning "fruit": thus “fruit with tail”. Betula is the genus for birch, and the species name refers to the birch-like leaves.
* The Cercocarpus betuloides leaves are distinctive in that they have smooth edges from the base to about half way up, then are wavy or toothed to the rounded tip. The shrub's white flowers are small, clustered, and mildly scented.
* The wood of the shrub extremely hard and reddish, from which the common name comes.
* Native American Californians used the hard wood for arrows, digging, spearing fish, and digging. more...